No grains? No problem. Paleo eaters may shun grains, processed vegetable oils, and refined sugars, but that doesn’t stop them from enjoying plenty of delicious dishes—and creating some downright ingenious recipe substitutions. Whether you’re a longtime primal-eating fanatic or just curious about what it’s like to go back to dietary basics, we’ve got 39 delicious Paleo-approved snacks for whenever hunger strikes.

Paleo Classics

Paleo Snacks: Cauliflower Popcorn
Photo: Ditch the Wheat
Corn is a Paleo no-no, so replace the movie theater favorite with a more nutritious cauliflower version. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, then sprinkle with onion powder and chives. It’s not exactly the same, but you’ll get a similar satisfying crunch.
Paleo Snacks: Pumpkin Hummus
Photo: What Great Grandma Ate
Going Paleo means saying good-bye to traditional hummus. This recipe swaps soaked cashews for chickpeas, giving it a slightly nutty taste that works oh so well with pumpkin purée. Serve with slices of your favorite dip-able vegetables, Paleo crackers, or just spoon it right into your mouth—we won’t judge.
Paleo Snacks: Springtime Guacamole
Photo: Clean Eating Veggie Girl

We could eat guac all day, every day. This version keeps the classic cilantro and lime juice, but adds in green onions and radishes to keep it nightshade free. A little pink Himalayan salt and garlic powder goes a long way here. And we are adding a touch of hot sauce too.

Paleo Snacks: Mediterranean Hummus
Photo: Per Chance To Cook
Sure, you can’t have chickpeas, but that’s no reason to ditch hummus for good. This Mediterranean alternative uses cauliflower and eggplant instead, plus red pepper, tahini, and lemon juice. Throw in some spices and a touch of olive oil, and snack away.
Paleo Snacks: Roasted Garlic Baba Ganoush
Photo: A Clean Bake

Eggplants are Paleo friendly for most, but store-bought baba ghanoush can still contain loads of hidden mayo—and that can mean unwanted vegetable oils. Go for a simple, mayo-free recipe with lots of garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice for a fresher take that won’t weigh you down. Try pairing this dip with some Paleo-friendly homemade rosemary sesame crackers.

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon
Photo: Delicious As It Looks
A sweeter combo than most Paleo snacks, this easy recipe requires zero cooking. Pick a favorite melon (cantaloupe and honeydew work well) and wrap with preservative-free prosciutto for a juicy snack with a salty kick. Mint leaves and a balsamic vinegar and olive oil drizzle take this to an A+ level finger food.
Paleo Snacks: Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Photo: Bravo For Paleo

Boil asparagus, cool in ice water, then wrap in a preservative-free prosciutto and roast for seven minutes, or until the prosciutto is crispy. This salty snack will also impress as an appetizer. Serve with a little olive oil drizzled on top and a dash of lemon pepper.

Paleo Snacks: Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Photo: Food Faith Fitness
Ah, Brussels sprouts. We’ve learned to love this veg in almost every form. Roast with diced bacon, chopped apples, and pomegranate seeds, and there’s even more to celebrate.
Paleo Snacks: Avocado Deviled Eggs
Photo: Slim Sanity

Mash hard-boiled egg yolks with avocado, cilantro, garlic salt, and pepper, then stuff into egg whites for a greener take on deviled eggs. Bet you can’t eat just one. (We couldn’t eat just four.)

Paleo Snacks: Baked Egg Cups
Photo: A Healthy Life For Me

Make these three-ingredient egg cups on Sunday and enjoy them throughout the week for breakfast or a quick snack. Each muffin tin slot gets a slice of bacon, an egg, and a few asparagus spears. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top and pop in the oven for 12-17 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs.

Paleo Snacks: Avocado Tuna Salad
Photo: Cook Eat Paleo
Presentation is on point in this simple, protein-packed snack. Cut an avocado in half and scoop out the middle, mixing the good stuff in a bowl with lemon juice, onion, tuna, salt, and pepper. Scoop the mixture back into avocado halves and dig in.
Paleo Snacks: Chunky Monkey Trail Mix
Photo: Cotter Crunch
Let’s face it: A lot of the best-tasting trail mixes aren’t the best for Paleo peeps, since sugar-coated dried fruit, milk chocolate morsels, and peanuts often take center stage. Make your own version at home by opting for walnuts, cashews, unsweetened banana chips, and Paleo-friendly fudge chunks for just the right amount of sweetness.
Paleo Snacks: Bacon Wrapped Butternut Squash
Photo: Paleo Leap
We’re pretty much down for bacon-wrapped anything, and lucky for us, it’s often Paleo approved. Try this sweet and savory combo for a snack that’s great served hot and cold. Experiment with different thicknesses and varieties of bacon for a twist on flavor.
Paleo Snacks: Egg Stuffed Peppers
Photo: Stupid Easy Paleo
Stuffed peppers just got way simpler. Cut off the top of the pepper, toss out the seeds, and bake for 15 minutes. Then stuff with spinach and a raw egg, and bake for another 15-20, or until the egg whites are no longer transparent. No scooping necessary!
Paleo Snacks: Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Photo: Tastes Lovely
Sweet potatoes are a Paleo favorite, especially since they can be cooked so many different ways. This simple recipe lets the potato be the star, with just four other ingredients: fresh rosemary, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Paleo Snacks: Almond Crusted Baked Zucchini Crisps
Photo: The Iron You
Course almond flour gives these crisps restaurant-style breading—without the bread. Garlic powder, thyme, sea salt, and pepper, bring out the flavor in these bad boys, and an egg ties it all together while also packing in some protein. Even non-Paleo eaters will love these.

Carnivore's Delight

Paleo Snacks: Pepperoni Pizza Bites
Photo: Paleo Leap
No crust? No problem. These bite-size snacks use preservative-free pepperoni or salami as their base. Top with sweet peppers, tomatoes, sauce, almond "cheese," and a sprinkle of fresh basil for the full pizza experience.
Paleo Snacks: Honey-Lime Chicken Wings
Photo: My Natural Family
There are endless ways to serve chicken, but this recipe gets a special nod for proving wings don’t need to be breaded and deep-fried to taste great.
Paleo Snacks: Turkey Meatballs
Photo: A Healthy Life For Me
Paleo enthusiasts have revamped the art of making meatballs, and this recipe goes above and beyond by using almond flour to ensure they actually stay together. The spicy hot sauce and fragrant Italian seasoning makes you forget all about the spaghetti that’s usually underneath.
Paleo Snacks: Coconut Crusted Chicken Strips
Photo: In Sonnet's Kitchen
Say good-bye to fried mystery meat. These coconut-crusted nuggets bring back some major childhood memories, but are way less sketchy than whatever comes out of a drive-through window. Best of all, these nuggets come with a recipe for Paleo honey mustard dipping sauce for a condiment we won’t have to write off as a cheat meal.
Paleo Snacks: Kitchen Sink Egg Muffins
Photo: Sarah Lynn Smile
Miss muffins on Paleo? Try this version—basically mini omelets baked in a muffin tin—for an infinitely customizable snack. Fill with your favorite veggies and meats, like chicken sausage or ham, and enjoy for breakfast or whenever a snack craving hits.
Paleo Snacks: Beef Jerky
Photo: Flo and Grace
Jerky lovers were eating Paleo before it was cool (well, before it was cool again). Dried or smoked meat is the modern caveman’s ultimate snack. This simple recipe has to go in a dehydrator for a few hours but lasts for about two weeks, so we think it’s worth the wait.
Paleo Snacks: Lemon Garlic Chicken Skewers
Photo: What The Fork
Here’s a three-ingredient kebab combo that’s great to prep ahead of time (and trust us, they keep well enough in the fridge for a next-day snack). Cut chicken breasts into cubes and marinate in Tessemae’s Lemon Garlic Dressing for 1-3 hours. Thread cubes onto a skewer and grill for about 15 minutes, then garnish with fresh parsley. No extra sauce needed.

On-the-Go Faves

Paleo Snacks: Kale Chips With Garlic Aioli
Photo: Bravo For Paleo
Hand-tear kale into bite-size pieces, coat in olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, and bake until the edges are crunchy and brown. Serve with garlic aioli for a Paleo-approved snack that tastes anything but.
Paleo Snacks: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Photo: Simply Recipes
While this recipe is probably easiest around Halloween, roasted pumpkin seeds keep great in bags for a truly mobile snack. Sprinkle with cumin or curry powder for a slightly spicier version.
Paleo Snacks: Rosemary and Sesame Paleo Crackers
Photo: The Healthy Foodie
Crackers can be tough to replicate with Paleo-approved ingredients, but these taste pretty frickin good to us. A blend of nut flours, plenty of fresh herbs, and toasted sesame seeds give these crackers big flavor. Serve with any of the guac, hummus, or dip recipes above.
Paleo Snacks: Ultimate Seed Crackers
Photo: Downshiftology
Pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, and chia seeds combine to make the ultimate crispy-crunchy Paleo crackers. These can be used as dippers if made thick enough, but are just as good on their own, especially when you add some herbs and spices, such as garlic, thyme, or basil.
Paleo Snacks: Chocolate Cashew Coconut Bars
Photo: Cotter Crunch
Energy bars are great on the go, but sometimes their complex ingredient lists don’t make for the cleanest eating. Make some Paleo bars on the cheap by blending figs, cashews, coconut flakes, vanilla, and a dash of sea salt, then pouring a thin layer of melted dark chocolate chunks on top.
Paleo Snacks: Garlic Herb Roasted Nuts
Photo: Little Bits Of
DIY roasted nuts are easier than you’d think—all you need is a bag of mixed nuts, an egg white, and go-to spices: sea salt, pepper, rosemary, sage, garlic powder, and paprika. Coat the nuts in the egg white in one bowl, and mix all the spices in another. Pour the spice mix over the nuts, transfer to a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper, and roast for 16 minutes.
Paleo Snacks: Carrot Cake Energy Balls
Photo: Physical Kitchness
Sweet treats that actually contain a ton veggies? Sign us up. Shred carrots and pecans, then mix with egg whites, cinnamon, raw honey, coconut flour, and ground flaxseed. Form into balls and bake for 12-15 minutes. Eat a few warm and save the rest for hikes, morning commutes, or that 3 p.m. hunger pang.

Sweet Treats

Paleo Snacks: Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream
Photo: Jessica in the Kitchen
It’s not quite as easy as one-ingredient banana ice cream, but it’s definitely as tasty. This recipe calls for coconut cream to give the finished product a smooth texture, and can be made with or without an ice cream maker.
Paleo Snacks: Grilled Georgia Peaches
Photo: Amee's Savory Dish
Halve fresh peaches and coat the cut sides in ghee or coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil, then grill on medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes, flesh side down. They’re sweet enough as is, but serving with some natural honey or a sprinkle of cinnamon can boost the flavor even more.
Paleo Snacks: Almond Joy Fudgesicles
Photo: My Modern Cookery
A Paleo work-around for an ice cream truck classic? We thought it was impossible, till we tried these fudgy chocolate bars. They’re avocado based (obviously) and use cocoa powder, honey, and coconut milk to mirror the original’s taste and consistency.
Paleo Snacks: Strawberry Banana Sorbet
Photo: Recipe Diaries
Four-ingredient recipes are always a winner in our book. This one uses frozen strawberries and bananas, plus almond milk and vanilla. Blend them all in a food processor or high-speed blender and freeze for a few hours. Sweet sweet sorbet, here you come.
Paleo Snacks: Blackberry Mint Lime Fruit Leather
Photo: Steele House Kitchen
Avoid added sugars and preservatives with this homemade fruit leather. Use blackberries, mint, lime juice, and zest, and honey for a tart but sweet flavor combo. All the ingredients get blended together, then rolled out onto parchment paper and baked till dry.
Paleo Snacks: Almond Butter Baked Apples
Photo: Making Thyme For Health
Core fresh apples and fill with almond butter, pecans, raisins, coconut, and pumpkin seeds, plus a pinch of sea salt and cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and enjoy a dense, flavorful dessert (or breakfast!).
Paleo Snacks: Dark Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites
Photo: Healthy Liv
Another take on the no-bake energy balls, this recipe uses dates, nuts, unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut, and vanilla for a sweet treat that tastes like a healthed-up brownie bite.
Paleo Snacks: Magic Cookie Bars
Photo: Food Faith Fitness
Paleo cookie bars sounds like an oxymoron, but with coconut milk, honey, coconut flour, almonds, and coconut oil, it can be done. Warning: Dairy-free dark chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes make it reallyyy hard to eat just one.
Paleo Snacks: Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
Photo: Sprouted Routes

Ditch the pumpkin pie and make this sweet custard instead, using dates, puréed pumpkin, creamy nut milk (like coconut or cashew), chia seeds, and all the fall spices—cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and salt.

Originally published June 2013. Updated January 2017.

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